• The Cat Who Walks through Walls

  • By: Robert Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1,858 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Robert A. Heinlein wrote some of the best-selling science-fiction novels of all time, including the beloved classic Stranger in a Strange Land. In The Cat Who Walks through Walls, he created his most compelling character ever: Dr. Richard Ames, ex-military man, sometime writer, and unfortunate victim of mistaken identity.

When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

©1985 Robert Heinlein (P)2007 Blackstone Audio

Critic Reviews

"Dialogue as witty as Oscar Wilde's, action as rollicking as Edgar Rice Burroughs', and satire as spicy as Jonathan Swift's." ( New York Times)

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Abridge Version

This is an abridged version. Having read the paperback version of The Cat Who Walks though Wall several times I can understand why people give this version such a bad review. This supposedly unabridged reading goes from one scene to another leaving out serval paragraphs that where in the original paperback version. Save your Audible credits and spend your money on the paperback, you will enjoy the book more in its unedited form.

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Great book, presentation was disappointing

I love this book, and decided to try it as an audiobook. I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed from a production standpoint. When reading the book, the dialogue sounds witty and bantering, yet very literate - when read aloud, it often sounds stilted (In fairness, I have not heard another reader attempt this, so cannot say whether this is the writing not translating to spoken word or poor presentation on the part of the narrator). I was somewhat underwhelmed by the emotional range shown by the narrator. Additionally, anyone who has read Heinlein knows that he comments on the "tall corn, rusty Midwest" accents. Unfortunately, the narrator takes this to extreme, with most character's voices representing some variant of "hick accent". Having listened to Lloyd James' presentation of "Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", I wished he had been available for this one as well.

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Bundling rather than plot

Firstly, the narrator does a magnificent job with all the voices. You know who is speaking before their name is mentioned. Well Done!
It's a pity the narrator is let down by Heinlein with a slipshod plot concentrating more on "bundling" between anyone and everyone - it seems bundling is a sizable proportion of every character's conversations, actions and motivations. From an interesting start, the story wanders about with inexplicable action and mysterious unrelated antagonists settles into a loose and meandering meaningless conversation soaked middle and finally a rushed non ending. This book attempts to be a third in the Moon series - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Very Good), The Rolling Stones (Excellent) and finally this book (Pathetic). Characters have the same names as those in the earlier two books, but their outlook has changed. The moral standards of the Stone Family do not at all belong in the mythos Heinlein created with his "family" structure for Lunies and the free-for-all considered normal in this book.
As Heinlen often states, "There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" (TANSTAAFL), which doesn't excuse him from a book without a cogent plot. This is the first audible book I am deleting from my iTunes library.

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Try another

This is an improbable anddisjointed story and seems to serve only the author's sexual fantasies. But I found it neither sexual or metal stimulating. A big waste of time.

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It's a RAH!

As I write this I'm amazed at this review process. I JUST moments ago clicked on 'Add to cart'. I've not yet even downloaded the audiobook files, yet I'm writing a review. Why you might ask? Simple, it's a Heinlien. For those of you who understand, that makes sense. For the rest of you, read on McDuff.

Robert A Heinline was my introduction to science fiction, as perhaps he was yours, almost fifty years ago (I'm barely 50). RAH is the standard against which I judge all science fiction. I have read this book many times in pulp, I know what's coming as well as I know my own comfy pillow.

My sole criterion when a new Heinlein comes out is simple - who's the narrator and can I stay awake through the narration. In all honesty, that always secondary and even a bad narrator rarely keeps me from a RAH classic. This narrator, previewed in the sample seems up to the task.

If you're already a Heinlein fan, quit reading. My review is already approacing 1000 words and you're wasting your time. You know you will buy. If you're new to Heinlein, have I got a treat for you. Pick ANYTHING with his name on the title and settle in for the ride.

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Pretty Good Book, but Too Dated For Me

I have always been a fan of Robert Heinlein. I especially loved Stranger in a Strange Land. However, now that I'm older, I think the dated style that Heinlein used is starting to grate on me. This one is done in the noir style of Raymond Chandler, et al. But his cutesy banter between men and women wasn't even realistic in the forties, let alone today. It appeared often enough that I got tired of rolling my eyes and searching for a way to skip past it in the audio-book (too bad they don't have a Skip Forward button!)

Also, the Everyman Yankee (AKA MacGyver) who can do the most random things that 99% of people can't do (and serendipitously progress the plot) has become less believable as I have grown more experienced. For example, how many readers can really pick a lock?

The story is pretty good, and the narration was quite good. But I guess I have just outgrown Heinlein. :(

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Abstract storyline

If you could sum up The Cat Who Walks through Walls in three words, what would they be?

strange, fun, exciting

Who was your favorite character and why?

I honestly loved all the characters with the exception of one, who is a famous character from the "not so series" so ill say who i didn't like instead. Lassie long the annoying.....

What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

eh

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

prepare for the sequel

Any additional comments?

Although it strongly relies on other stories to finish its tale. This was a very fun odd book.I enjoyed it very much

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Old man Heinlein does it again &Tom Weiner's cool.

I've come across Robert Heinlein only recently, in the last 5 years... my favorites Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land, Friday. This story takes a lot from these a more, but uses Heinlein's more current understanding of how weird real world science is, quantum mechanics,etc... and he simply adds it to his palet to paint a tale that will require reading (listening) to it again, at least once or twice. But I really enjoyed the skill of the narrator, who obviously knows and loves the characters he narrates. I'd encourage anyone who liked the Moon, to take this ride too. Heinlein is spinning a yarn from the natural particles of time and space that we really need to grapple with, and like real, he doesn't tie the yarn into a tidy knot, but for me at least a very satisfying end where I can imagine my own next things to play out.

Enjoy!

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One of the best scifi novels around

Action, imagination, great ideas, great story telling, thrilling, full of twists. All you want is there. Heinlein excels in the The Cat Who Walks through Walls. More over the character interaction is not only interesting, it is flammable! The dramatic exchanges between the lead pair are so enjoyable. Author is not scared to include a few spicy twists, which are just rendering the novel more interesting. Don't listen to those religious purists who get red because of that, this novel is excellent. I have read this novel many times and always coming back. Full 5 stars well deserved.

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Stopped Part Way Through. Deliberately.

The Heinlein I love ("Stranger in a Strange Land") must have moved to another plane of existence. I could not stand listening to more than a half hour of this piece waiting for it to become palatable. It never occurred. This may not be an in-depth review, but it may save your having your expectations dashed.

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  • R. B. Harkess
  • 07-03-09

Classic Space Opera

There is a temptation to label this novel as 'Heinlein at is best', but 'best' may be the wrong word. It is very classic Heinlein, though: jingoistic, sexist, and politically incorrect in just about every way.
It is not for everybody. Certainly for fans of classic SF, certainly not for those with a broad and open mind.
The narrator sounding more than a little like a cross between Cary Grant and Captain Scarlet took a little getting used to, but worked really well.

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  • Sara
  • 02-18-09

My first outing in Heinlein's Multiiverse...

...and I must admit I was not that impressed. I think in defence of Heinlein, I should have read a couple of his earlier books, including The Moon is A Harsh Mistress, and would recommend other people to do so if they have not already done so. This would have put what I was listening to into better context.

Irrespective of the placement of the book in a series, I found the style irritating, with the dialogue attempting to be too sassy and quick-witted for it's own good. The narrator, either through his own artistic choice or by the way the text was written, regularly lapses into a poor imitation of the classic 1950's US Private Detective series voice-over. Unfortunately, it starts to irritate.

The plot drifts about continually, with a painfully long description of a journey that the protagonists make, whilst only briefly returning to the main storyline - whatever that was.

I would recommend this book to frustrated teenage boys as tribute to the only consistent part of the plot - the continual references to beautiful, leggy and oft-naked genetically-improved women (totally plot-irrelevant) who greet you with long wet kisses and who seem prepared to do anything in bed, with anyone.


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  • LC
  • 04-25-21

Another typical Heinlein - nice story

Similar style to various other Heinlein books, I found this enjoyable and entertaining. Links in with some of the other Heinlein books in terms of the characters.

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  • Ben
  • 07-23-19

The over-sexualisation and the surprise plot twists spoil it

“The cat who walks through walls“ started off OK (though let down by gratuitous over-sexualisation throughout), then it makes a surprise jump into time travel which (despite the author also writing what I consider to be the only truly good time travel story in the form of " '—All You Zombies—' ") feels as crude as imagining a combustion engine would only be used to drag a plough through a field, then in the last chapter the lead character does something they’ve been opposed to throughout with no explanation or justification. And that’s ignoring the surprise (and in my view not important when you already have time travel and multiple dimensions) introduction of the philosophy of The World As Myth in the works of someone highly regarded for hard science fiction. If you divide the work into each section, and consider those sections separately, then the first is certainly decent despite the shortcomings. The rest is not.

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  • Chaz Lewis
  • 02-02-19

Possibly his worst work

I'm a huge Heinlein fan but this really didn't cut the mustard for me. I was dubious during the first chapter and had to abandon it by the 4th. The characters are uninteresting and unlikable and the story feels contrived and churned out. If you haven't read Stranger in a Strange Land or The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress then absolutely read them instead.

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  • Jayne
  • 02-21-16

Excellent!

It's has been delightful to revisit "the cat who walks through walls". I favourite from a favourite author of my youth. Now off to explore, Number of the Beast, Stranger in a Strange Land and I will Fear no Evil. They will all score a Pixel 'blurt'.